Learning about QR Codes

QR code 

QR stands for Quick Resource. Denso Wave, a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation, originally developed the concept of QR codes which were designed as a way to track parts by vehicle manufacturers. For example, common data stored in QR Codes are web addresses, actions to download a MP3 file, dial a telephone number, or even invoke an email with a predefined sender’s address. Today, QR Codes are use in magazines, business cards, signs, and clothing amongst other places even on the World Wide Web.

The data capacity of a code ranges based on the type format it encodes.

Numerical only

Max 7,089 characters


Max 4,296 characters

Binary (8 bits)

Max 1,817 characters

Compared to barcodes, QR codes can hold up to 7,089 characters opposed to the 20 digits limit possessed by barcodes.  In the Intel(R) Development Environment Beta, QR Codes make it very convenient to navigate to workspace on your mobile device(s) especially since the associated URLs are very long.

Accessing the Preview On Device(QR Code) menu option in the Intel(R) Development Environment Beta
The Preview on Device operation displays a dialog with a QR Code with the URL to the selected HTML file. For mobile device viewing, a QR Code scanner app is required to decrypt the QR Code to navigate to the URL on your device’s browser. Use Tools > Preview on Device to view the QR Code for the selected HTML file. 

QR/Barcode Scanner Apps (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Blackberry)
RedLaser(iOS, Android, Windows Phone)
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RedLaser is a mobile application that is available on the App Store, Google Play, and Windows Phone store. This app can scan QR and barcodes then decode the stored data.


Google Goggles (Android)

Search by taking a picture: point your mobile phone camera at a painting, a famous landmark, a barcode or QR code, a product, a storefront, or a popular image. If Goggles finds it in its database, it will provide you with useful information.

ScanLife Barcode Reader (Blackberry)
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ScanLife turns your mobile device’s camera into an all-in-one bar code reader so now it’s easier than ever to quickly access websites, product pricing, coupons & more.  Scan QR Codes, Datamatrix, EZcode, and UPC codes on products!


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